Thoughts from a 21st century educator.
This was one of the few courses I took which was related directly to my current teaching practice. I teach mathematics and science, and so I found this course practical and have used some of the concepts and ideas from this course in my practice. In fact, one of the areas we looked at in some detail was the Jasper video series (Barron & Kantor, 1993), which was intended to ground some mathematical concepts in a video format.
Again, as part of my ETEC 533 class, we are supposed to interview someone who teachers mathematics or science and find out from them what their opinion and perspective is on the use of technology in a mathematics or science classroom. The table below includes a partial transcription on the left of an interview with a senior science teacher at my school. It is clear from the interview that the teacher makes pretty extensive use of various types of technology as part of their teaching practice.
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This paper discusses the importance of teacher training in technology. One important question is looked at, specifically; does training in technology lead to increased student achievement? First we focus on the effectiveness of teacher training in technology, and then we look at the effectiveness of the use of technology on student learning.
Here is a website we created as part of ETEC 533. I did the behind the scenes coding necessary, and together we came up with the ideas on how to fill the pages. We also collectively populated the pages with our information.